Doctoral scholarship holder neuroimmunology

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Dec 2023

16 Nov 2023
Job Information

University of Antwerp
Research Field

Chemistry » Biochemistry
Biological sciences » Other
Medical sciences » Other
Neurosciences » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

14 Dec 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Let’s shape the future - University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp  is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology   in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences is looking for a full-time

doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Neuroimmunology

The Mancuso lab  uses CRISPR tools, iPSC and humanized mouse technology to unravel the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis Neuroimmunology. You will investigate the role of microglia, the immune cells of the brain, in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. You will use iPSC-microglia, in vivo xenotransplantation models as well as CRISPR technology and molecular biology techniques to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which microglia interact with neurons and other brain cells in health and disease.
  • You will be part of the MIND lab, at the VIB-Center for Molecular Neurology.
  • You will be expected to publish scientific articles and present in conferences the data related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks.


  • You hold a Master degree in Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry or related topics, or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • You have background in cellular and molecular biology.
  • Experience with iPSC, mouse work or bioinformatics will be considered as additional strengths.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have good oral and written communication skills in English

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period. 
  • The planned start date is 1 January 2024 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts  for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.   
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 14 December 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a detailed academic CV
    • a letter of motivation explaining why you are interested in our work and aspire this position
    • the names and contact details of 2 references
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions  or send an email to [email protected] . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact [email protected] . For more information about the research center and the lab, visit  Mancuso lab

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award  for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity  and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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Biological sciences
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Medical sciences
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
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University of Antwerp
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Prinsstraat 13

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